Bif Bang Pow KISS Love Gun 3&3/4 Look 2 Loose and Up Close


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This second look at the Series 1 Love Gun era KISS retro action figures is pretty unflinching in some flaws, with the main one being that the Paul / Star Child I have has one leg that’s shorter than the other making it a bear to get him to stand without a stand. Otherwise the set is a lot of fun and I easily recommend them.

BBP29101ALTlgThe set now rests on the mantle at my house and have really grown on me. Also to note in between Look 1 and this post, Bif Bang Pow announced a variant, Blood Spitting Demon that you can add to the collection.Click the pic to get hum!

And remember, ordering in the month of April gets you a FREE GIFT from Entertainment Earth as part of their 20th Anniversary celebration! How incredibly cool is that! So get the full set or the deluxe Alive II stage set today and Rock N Roll all night and party everyday with my favorite online retailer Entertainment Earth!

One more thing…. be sure to check out my KISS tribute page on the extended, fresher designed extension of the Toy Box. I forgot how much KISS raving I’ve done over the years 😉

Now, Go Play! Jim 04/05/16

Star Wars Rebels, Season 2 Finale – ANTICIPATION!


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Good morning, gang! Today is an extra special Star Wars Wednesday at Total Collectables! We kick off our two week celebration of The Force Awakens coming to BluRay/DVD on April 5th by offering you 20% off ALL IN STOCK Star Wars collectables! it’s EXTRA SPECIAL because tonight marks the season 2 finale of Star wars Rebels on Disney 😄 where we are chomping at the bit to see a couple of highly anticipated moments including the “possible” return of Darth Maul AND a showdown between Darth Vader and Ahsoka Tano! Plus the teasers make it look like Ezra may get his first temptation from the Dark Side. How can you NOT love this show?!?!?! In an effort to celebrat this special day check out the review of the Season 2 Ezra Bridger action figure with Speeder, available NOW at Total Collectables, normal prices $24.95 on sale now for $19.99! https://www.facebook.com/totalcollectables/videos/954438844604725/ And be a pal would ya, and SHARE our page with ALL of your fellow Force sensitive friends! May the Force be with you! https://www.facebook.com/totalcollectables/ #StarWarsRebels #EzraBridger #ToySale #StarWars

Now, Go Play!

Jim 03/30/16

Visioncon 2016: Retrospect – Part 2 The Guests of Honor


How incredibly cool is it to get the opportunity to chat with someone you admire? How even cooler is it when you get the chance to meet someone that you then can say you admire even more? That’s what it was like for us at Visioncon 2016 when we met up for the press junket with Sam Witwer and Christie Golden.
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SVmag30DoomsdayCoverRESIZEDStarterPAlicia and I were pretty big fans of Smallville so it was really cool to meet Doomsday in the flesh. Honestly, Sam played the character of Davis Bloom so well, I was really hoping that Clark would have off’d him early in the season but Alicia was rooting for him and Cloe to hook up permanently and get rid of that, not exactly Jimmy Olson, Jimmy Olson. Either way it was cool to meet him.

Moment of honesty and disclosure: Prior to Visioncon, I hadn’t thought much about Sam. I had seen some shares and blurbs about his latest project “Being Human” but that was about it. Getting ready for the interview however I learned some really neat stuff. Not only was Sam a huge Star Wars fan, he was also a Star wars star!

Galen_Marek_(Starkiller)_(Clone)The Force Unleashed Starkiller was cool and all but that was chump change when I heard his other voice over work for The Clone Wars. In that series he provided the voice for Darth Maul and added some very much needed depth to the character.

12806151_968469473190431_7198358077546041919_nIn chatting with Sam, along with the usual fanboy questions as eluded to above, I also wanted to pick his brain for some insight into the “business”. See, the next Thursday following Visioncon, I was to host a speaking for a group of high school students about video production. I figured this was an excellent opportunity to get something specifically for them that is actually pretty important for us all to realize: It’s not all rainbows and unicorns in the land of showbiz…

In most instances, I seldom ever get “star struck” when doing interviews. Musicians, actors, entertainers from all walks of life, I applaud their success and thank them for their talent. Even then though, I appreciate the stage that the particular celebrity has ascended too but don’t get all caught up in it. Never have.

But then, there was Christie…

imagesChristie Golden is a New York Times Best Selling author that many of you may have heard of or at least know of her works. It would be hard not too considering the sizable mountain of Star Wars, Star Trek, Warcraft and TSR books she has under her belt. Being a writer at heart I must say I am biased in the fact that I hold the folks who put pen to paper in the highest of regards. They are the first and most important line in the magic making process. Christie is most certainly one of those incredible magic makers of the first order ( no Star Wars pun intended).

12799012_968581273179251_3314268510306974688_nI was completely amazed at how wonderfully outgoing she was in our conversation. Very open and honest. Christie is one of those pure souls that truly makes the world a better place as she continues to share her talent. Our conversation was wonderfully enlightening and my daughter Kaitlynn quickly gravitated to her warmth and charm. I do believe we are all better for having met her. PLUS she was offering up autographed copies of her latest 51yuu1JuGSL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_Star Wars novel: Dark Disciple. What a fantastic read. While I have made the decision to no longer do book or movie reviews because my taste and opinions are not something I care to impose on you dear reader I will offer recommendations for good reads and watches and Dark Disciple certainly falls into this category. If you enjoyed the Animated Star Wars Clone Wars, you will most certainly love this book.

Also as part of our chat I was able to pick her brain about the process that led to her success. Once again we find that hard work and dedication is what pays off…

Again I say thank you to both Sam and Christie for taking the time to chat with me. Be sure to connect with both of them via Facebook and Twitter. CLICK HERE and HERE for Sam and HERE and HERE for Christie.

Come back tomorrow for Part 3 of my look back at Vision Con 2016 where I finally “got” and understood cosplayers and their culture.

Now, Go Play!

Jim 03/29/16

Editors Note: Boy has life gotten AWESOME since Visioncon for your old buddy Jimbo! Pardon the delay in getting the rest of the series up but when opportunities arise to play professionally arise one must simply hop all over it. To get the full skinny CLICK HERE. And of course come over and play on FACEBOOK! Dreams do come true!

And the Winner is…. Dana Hayes!


 

Interstellar WINNER Dna HayesDana just scored a really cool Interstellar Action Figure 2 Pack made by NECA Toys and offered up by Total Collectables in Harrison, AR! We’ve got more great contests and giveaways to come including a fantastic sale that starts tomorrow (Wednesday March 30, 2016) on ALL of our in stock Star Wars merchandise. It’s part of our excitement over the release of The Force Awakens on DVD and BluRay on April 5th!

Again congratulations to you, Dana and THANK YOU to everyone who came over to play with Total Collectables in Harrison, Arkansas! We’ve only just begun gang!

Now, Go Play!

Jim 03/29/16

The Hobbit Collectors Model: Bolg at Dol Gulder… AKA … HELP JIM, UNDERSTAND!


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It’s Lord of the Rings Friday at Total Collectables in Harrison, AR where you get five percent off any of our in stock Lord of the Rings items. Like this little guy that may be small but packs a lot of detail and INFO…. But not nearly enough to get Jim into the LOTR loop.

Check it out and swing by from 10a to 6p and help Jim get up to speed. Plus don’t forget to register to win our Interstellar 2 Pack, NECA Action Figure giveaway by checking out this link. https://www.facebook.com/totalcollectables/videos/954301237951819/ Now, GO PLAY!

Star Ace, Tri Wizard’s Cup Harry Potter from Goblet of Fire. 1:6 scale figure


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It’s Harry Potter Thursday at Total Collectables in Harrison, AR where you get five percent off any of out in stock Harry Potter items. Like this incredible premium collectible.

Seriously, this is one impressive action figure! Check it out and swing by from 10a to 6 p all day! Plus don’t forget to register to win our Interstellar 2 Pack, NECA Action Figure giveaway by checking out this link. https://www.facebook.com/totalcollectables/videos/954301237951819/ Now, GO PLAY!

 

Bif Bang Pow KISS Love Gun 3&3/4 Look 1


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Been a long time coming on this one KISS fans. But what can I say, I’ve become WONDERFULLY busy 🙂 There’s more coming in regards to the review but I was chomping at the bit to get this part out. Look 1 features the unboxing and diorama set ups.

These things are fantastic and you should totally grab a set NOW from Entertainment Earth using the following link. I do appreciate it! Also if your one of my Harrison peeps be sure to come by Total Collectables and let us know if you want to see more KISS on the shelves. We can totally pull the trigger of that Love Gun!

Now, Go Play!

– Jim 03/23/16

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A Tale of Two Ezra’s


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On “Star Wars Wednesday” at Total Collectables in Harrison, Arkansas you can a great deal on ALL of our Star wars merchandise. This week we share with you an up close look of the NEW Ezra Bridger that comes with his speeder bike from Hasbro toys.

Not to be confused with the Season 1 Ezra from Disney XD’s “Star Wars: Rebels”, this Season 2 version of Ezra is equipped with not only his side holster but also the scars of his run in with Darth Vader! It’s so cool! If you love him like we do, you can save 5% on this figure as well as any other Star wars item in the shop every Wednesday in March and April. Also don’t forget about our Cosplay Discount! Come in in any costume, ANY DAY and get 15% off your total purchase (discounts can’t be combined). And don’t forget to LIKE and SHARE our review of NECA’s Interstellar Action Figure 2 Pack for your chance to win! https://www.facebook.com/totalcollectables/

Now, Go Play!

Jim  03/22/16

NECA Interstellar Action Figure 2 Pack and Giveaway courtesy of Total Collectibles


Image1NECA has once again knocked it out of the park in quality 8 inch, retro style, clothed action figures. To be honest though, I am still scratching my head on the decision to license this particular movie as action figures However, I most certainly won’t complain about the opportunity to add two very cool looking astronaut figures into my toy box and Kaitlynn’s Corner. Yeah, the Anne Hathaway figure was actually the reason I became interested in the set. My buddy Alex had gotten a set last year and Kaitlynn fell in love with “that girl figure”. She loves all the 8 inch, female Mego and Mego style figures; Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Daisy Duke and even Dr. Girlfriend. So of course it wasn’t a surprise that she would really want this figure. To note, Alicia is also pretty keen on having a Mathew McConaughey figure sitting around too. Not exactly sure how I feel about that but I don’t worry too much considering his “failure to launch issues” 😉 Now on to the review.

The Good

Image3Everything. The sculpts are excellent likenesses. The paint application is also clean. The costumes are also very well engineered and function nicely. I also appreciate the simple rectangular shaped package. It makes for very easy shelf display. And of course the figures display wonderfully loose as well.

The Bad

Image5The only down side to these figures is the swapping of the heads can be a chore. Not that it’s an impossible task, but it does take effort to go from the standard to the helmeted head. The hard plastic collar is a bit of an obstacle in the swapping process but looks so good when all together it’s hard to complain too much. And even in that, with all of the manhandling that I put the figures through, they held up beautifully. Durability is most certainly not an issue.

In Conclusion

Image6Again I can’t stress to you the quality you can expect from these NECA toys. Great overall quality, sculpts, paint application, pose-ability and durability and an excellent addition to your 8 inch figure collection!.

BUT NOW!!!!!!!!

“How do I win, Jim?” Easy as 1, 2, 3… 1.LIKE Total Collectibles Facebook Page, 2. LIKE this review and feel free to comment and then 3. SHARE this post and review on your page. We will do a random drawing and announce the winner on our “What are you dreaming of Tuesday”, March 29th, 2016. As “Lord of Fun and Games” I assure you, it’s always easy to play and win with Total Collectibles! Enjoy the review and see why you need this set.

Now, Go Play!

Jim 03/22/16

Living the Dream – But I sure could use a hand.


7495_980797191957659_4587297760069137368_nGreetings dear readers! Today I come to you with the most wonderful news in the history of the Toy Box. 6 years in and I can proudly say that a HUGE dream has come true: Not only am I still doing professional toy reviews but I am now the “Lord of Fun and Games” at a real life, honest to goodness, brick and mortar collectible shop right here in my own neck of the woods. PLUS this opportunity is going to give me the chance to FINALLY offer to the general public in my area Mego style toys at retail! This is HUGE for me as many of you, my fellow Mego and Re-Mego lovers understand. While not on the shelves just yet I will be filling the pegs with the incredible action figures from Figures Toy Company, Diamond Select, Bif Bang Pow and NECA! Elated is a word I don’t use much but I assure you it applies here. Now let me back up just a little…

Darrin Gilmore is the owner and operator of Total Collectables in Harrison, Arkansas. He just opened up shop March 12, 2016. By true serendipity I learned of his existence, we met, we hit it off in spades and WAH LAH! Instant friendship and opportunity. Being a marketing and promotions guy by trade and with the real passion of mine being toys, Darrin has officially dubbed me the “Lord of Fun and Games” for his store. As such, I’ve accepted a mission to help promote and grow his business over the span of the next 101 days utilizing my best efforts via toy reviews, write ups and most importantly for you; giveaways!

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This is Little Buddy me, Living the dream!

So with my goal and objective for the next 101 days (Tuesday March 22 – June 30) laid out, I am truly in need of your help in spreading the word. So do your old buddy Jimbo a favor and come LIKE and Share the Facebook page, do the same with this blog post. While I know many of you are spread out all over the country and even the planet (Thank you, POLAND!) your support and push on Facebook and Twitter and everywhere else is truly appreciated. And to note, most of our planned contests and specials are also available to YOU no matter where you are. Of course we want to get our local peeps in the know but we also want to be a front of my mind thought when it comes to play. You know me, I’m all about it!

Thank you again to all of you for the support over these years and I can’t tell you how much each and everyone of you mean to me personally for all of the love and support you’ve shown me and my Toy Box. It’s been fun and now it’s getting even better. I truly am thankful to be able to share all of this awesomeness with you, my friends.

Now, Go Play!

Jim 03/22/16

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